Selling cupcakes is one of the easiest ways to add extra income to your cake business and when you pretty them up, you can sell even more! Today I'm sharing How to Make Easy Cupcake Bouquets (in a box!).
I sold 30+ boxes of these Cupcake Bouquets for Valentine's Day and I'm already planning to offer them again for Mother's Day sales.
These boxes are so easy to put together and with just a few special touches, you can really step up your cupcake game! Here's a video of me making a Cupcake Bouquet in a box...
Cupcake Bouquet Supplies:
- 9 cupcakes (here's a post with links to my favorite recipes!)
- buttercream frosting (vanilla buttercream or cream cheese buttercream work great!)
- piping tips to make flowers (favorites are Wilton 1M, Ateco 825, Wilton 104...)
- tulip cupcake liners - these green ones work beautifully
- tissue paper - I used pink for most of my boxes
- 8x8x5 cake boxes (you could also do 8x8x4 or 8x8x6) ... I almost always use these pink cake boxes from BRP Box Shop. They're a little pricier but sooo pretty! But you have to order in larger quantities, so if you don't want to invest in 50 of them, go with the boxes on Amazon.
Sooo, here's a quick rundown of how to put these together.
First - you'll frost the cupcakes to look like flowers. For most of my boxes, I did all buttercream roses (as you see in the video above). I used an Ateco 825 piping tube for those and I love that tip!
For the video, I didn't add a lot of color but I do love to paint a stripe of color in my piping bag to give the flowers a punch of color... these are one of my favorite boxes:
I also made several boxes with mixes flowers:
Truly, the possibiliites are endless and the boxes are so pretty!
Okay - so back to the tutorial. One thing that really makes these cupcake bouquets so pretty is the green wrapers. It looks like the leaves around the flowers, right?
After they're frosted, you just drop the cupcakes into the green tulip liners.
You might be wondering why I didn't just bake the cupcakes in the green tulip liners. Well, the truth is, I tried that. But the green liners are not grease-proof (like the brown glassine liners I bake in) so they were not pretty after baking.
Also, I found that the tulip liners didn't hold their shape nearly as well as standard cupcake liners so they were just kind of wonky. But I encourage you to do what works for you.
The next step is to put a sheet of tissue paper in the bottom of your box. I don't have a great picture of doing that - it's just a matter of crinkling it up a bit and lining the box with it. Then put your cupcakes in and you're done!
You Can Sell Cupcake Bouquets!
Now - for those of you who are cake business owners - I thought I'd also share a little about pricing these. I normally charge $21 for a dozen cupcakes. Those are simple buttercream rose cupcakes with no toppers or special requests.
For these Cupcake Bouquets in a box, I also charged $21. The box only has 9 cupcakes but with the extra liners and tissue paper and the special coloring in the buttercream, I was able to charge more money for fewer cupcakes. Depending on your market, you might even sell these for $25 or $30 per box.
Alrighty, I think that's everything! Do you have any questions about these?
If you love the idea, go ahead and order supplies now, make up a couple of samples and photogragh them (photography tips here), and get a jump on pre-selling for the next holiday! Speaking of... you'll find everything I've mentioned in this post in my Amazon Store here.